Saturday, May 30, 2009

Filipino Ends Fisher’s Run

From l to r: Yang and Pupul

Just as he did to Jasmin Ouschan in the World Ten Ball Championship last year, Demosthenes Pulpul ended Kelly Kisher’s magical run in the Philippine Open Pool Championship with a convincing 9-2 victory.

Both the Filipino and the Irish woman were undefeated up to their match that opened Day Four of the competition.

Pulpul, who placed fourth in the WTBC, raced to a 3-1 lead, which he never relinquished. By the time Fisher won her second rack the score was already 6-2.

After Fisher’s failed break on the 9th rack, Pulpul ran out and did not give her another chance.

In other matches of the undefeated, Lu Hui-Chan crushed Rudi Susanto 9-5; Ricky Yang beat Chang Pei-Wei 9-6; and Raduslaw Babica surprised Marcus Chamat with a decisive 9-2 whitewashing.

Until his meeting with Lu, Susanto had been another major surprise in the tournament, as he took down a number of top opponents, including Filipino Marlon Manalo and American Shane van Boening. But against Lu, the skills and experience of the Taiwanese proved too much to handle. Lu won running away by the score of 9-5.

The other Indonesian in the last 16, Ricky Yang, was more successful in his match against another Taiwanese, Chang Pei-Wei, a former world 9-ball runner-up. Yang paced the match throughout, and never allowed Chang to knot the count or take the lead. When the smoke cleared, he was victor by the score of 9-6.

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